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Holiday season kicking off in Farmington

With less than two months to go before Christmas, merchants in the downtown Farmington area will be opening their doors this Saturday and inviting shoppers to take advantage of deals and special offerings for the annual Downtown Farmington Christmas Open House.

Farmington Regional Chamber Director of Events and Program Marketing Laura Raymer said the annual event is a way of kicking off the holiday season by shopping local.

“It’s an annual event that takes place,” Raymer said. “The downtown merchants, between the shops and the restaurants, all got together several months ago and chose this Saturday, Nov. 10 as the official day to welcome the holidays to Farmington.

“Some of our businesses have already had an initial open house, but they’ll be participating this weekend too. Most of them are having specials and if the weather holds out, there may be some outdoor things going on as well, like sidewalk sales.”

With the variety of businesses in the downtown area, Raymer said that the offerings on Saturday will be just as varied.

“Some will be offering refreshments and tasty treats,” she said. “Some of them are rolling out some brand new merchandise that they haven’t had out yet. It’s a great opportunity for folks to shop small and kind of start the holiday season. Hopefully, folks are like a lot of us and haven’t started their holiday shopping just yet.

“This will be a great opportunity to take advantage of some great specials and meet some wonderful people who are kind of the lifeblood of our downtown.”

The open house will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday and will last until at least 6 p.m., although Raymer said that latecomers should still come out in the evening.

“Some of the businesses will be open a little later, especially the restaurants, so don’t not come down if you’re running a little late,” she said. “There’ll be lots of things going on. All of the downtown businesses will be participating—all the boutiques and shops. There are a lot of neat things to find in downtown Farmington.”

In hopes of getting a lot of shoppers into the downtown area on Saturday, Raymer said both the chamber and the Downtown Development Association have been working hard to promote the event and let the community know what will be going on.

With the Christmas season in downtown Farmington being formally inaugurated Saturday, the next big event will be the annual Krekeler Jeweler’s Christmas Parade next month.

“Our next big thing will be our Christmas parade on Dec. 4,” Raymer said. “Again, downtown shops are going to be busy with lots of different things—we’ll have hot chocolate and cookies and different things. This is just to kind of get a jump on that initial holiday shopping.”

Downtown Farmington merchants will be welcoming the holiday shopping season this Saturday with the annual Downtown Farmington Christmas Open House, with special deals and other incentives for shoppers.

Downtown Farmington merchants will be welcoming the holiday shopping season this Saturday with the annual Downtown Farmington Christmas Open House, with special deals and other incentives for shoppers.

Jacob Scott is a reporter with the Daily Journal. He can be reached at 573-518-3616 or at jscott@dailyjournalonline.com.

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